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-et

1.
a noun suffix having properly a diminutive force (now lost in many words):
islet; tablet; midget; plummet.
Compare -ette.
Origin
Middle English < Old French -et (masculine), -ette (feminine)
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-et

suffix
1.
small or lesser: islet, baronet
Word Origin
from Old French -et, -ete
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